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“Absolutely The Best on Maui”
Review of Lahaina Grill

Lahaina Grill
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Ranked #4 of 264 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front Street
Description: Open nightly from 5pm. Voted Best Maui Restaurant for 24 years in a row (1994-2017)! Featuring innovative, New American cuisine, Lahaina Grill uses techniques and flavors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivatedby Maui's local farms, dairies and surrounding waters.
Diamond Bar, CA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Absolutely The Best on Maui”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I were originally turned on to this restaurant by a food-critic friend back when it was still called by the original owner's name. The current chef/owner bought the Lahaina Grill several years back, and ever since then the visitors to the Lahaina Grill have been Blessed by the restaurant gods!!

A few of the original menu choices from the first chef are still offered on the menu, but the talented chefs at Lahaina Grill have surpassed the quality and the offerings of that earlier restaurant by leaps and bounds. The Wagyu Ravioli appetizer is an absolute must have, but if the beef filling is not your thing, then any of the gorgeous salads they offer would be the perfect starter. The salads are almost too lovely to eat.

My husband's all-time favorite on the menu are the Kona coffee lamb chops, but because Lahaina Grill's chefs are masters with Maui's fresh catch, we have been obsessed with having their nightly fish entree specials. They have recently offered Opakapaka & a Hawaiian seabass that I think is called Ulu. Both were served on beds of risotto and topped with a simple prawn. Fabulous looking, and not enough words to describe the incredible flavors.

In our two week trip, we ate at Lahaina Grill three times and recommended it to other visitors who tried it and immediately said they will be repeat customers. Of course we go for the food, but the visit is complete because of the excellent bar and table service. Reservations are often needed for the dining room so we have taken to staying and eating at the bar. They offer full menu service at the bar and conversation with Mary, one of Lahaina Grill's fabulous bartenders, is always enjoyable. We would not hesitate to be seated at any of the tables because the waiters are attentive, friendly and never leave a customer waiting. Justin happens to be our favorite, but we have had terrific service from the other waiters as well. All of the wait staff and the bartenders have been at Lahaina Grill for years and years, and I think it says something about the restaurant itself if the staff is happy with their work environment. It just makes them glad to be with the customers.

If you are a fan of excellent food and drinks, combined with terrific atmosphere and staff, then the Lahaina Grill has to be your first stop in Maui. Yes, if you want to drive to the other side of the island, there is Mama's Fish House, but save the gas and hours of drive time and just stay in town. You cannot find a better meal with better service than at the Lahaina Grill.

  • Visited August 2013
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Vienna, VA
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Service, but LOUD”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had been looking forward to our evening here, since it had such wonderful reviews. It was definitely a splurge, but proved to be a bit disappointing. The restaurant advertises itself as a "bistro atmosphere", and it definitely is - - with bustling staff, clanking glassware, hissing coffee machines and ringing telephones. We were seated very near the service bar area and a computer where servers entered their orders, directly across from the espresso machine. With all the hard surfaces in the restaurant, the closely packed tables, and all the activity, we had to speak very loudly to hear one another. If you're looking for "buzz", you'll find it here. We were not, and for the price, it was not a relaxing evening for us.

Visited August 2013
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Kauai, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Orgasmic meal!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Love, love, love this restaurant. Classic good meals - cannot say enough about this place. One of the best meals I've ever eaten in Lahaina. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii.

Visited May 2013
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La Quinta, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to- from the fantastic service to the incredible food- this place cannot be beat- it does not seem to matter how many times I go the consistency is amazing

  • Visited June 2013
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Kihei, Hawaii, United States
Level 4 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, fun and atmosphere”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great right now for their Kama'aina special of two for one. The food is served wonderfully, delicious and well prepared. Great service and atmosphere - - afterwards, a nice stroll down Front Street will walk off all those calories :)

  • Visited July 2013
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